ADEC has released more information on the new Moral Education curriculum component which is to be piloted across 24 public and 28 private schools this month.
The moral education programme is an initiative from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
According to ADEC the programme will promote, “ethics and values amongst students, such as tolerance, respect, and developing the sense of community service, entrepreneurship and positive interaction and responsibility, as well as encourage innovation, creativity, ambition, and excellence, is based upon five key elements, namely: ethics, personal and community development, culture and heritage, civil education and human rights and responsibilities”.
Classes will be delivered once per week and will replace one of the current two, social studies classes. They will be mandatory for all students irrespective of religion or culture from KG to Grade 11 in both public and private schools across the UAE.
A pilot scheme will launch in Abu Dhabi this month, with all schools implementing the programme by September 2017.
In a statement, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, ADEC’s director general, highlighted why the programme was so important, “in the age of Informatics, the roles of the teacher and students has significantly changed since information flow has become easy and accessible, however we need to make sure that our students acquire the necessary knowledge and are equipped with effective tools that enable them to deal with such flow with maximum awareness and consciousness while remaining open to new ideas that best serve our society.”
The “Moral Education” project will be overseen by the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council.